Behind the Olympic and Paralympic Games. And mobility for all.
In our vision of tomorrow, there’s mobility for everyone. It’s our biggest mission yet. That’s why we’re the Worldwide Official Mobility Partner of the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee. It’s a partnership with movement and mobility at its heart. And we’re proud to be part of something so incredibly inspiring. Just imagine the possibilities of a future where we can all reach our full potential.
A commitment to movement
In 2015, we took a huge step towards our mobility goals by becoming an official global partner of the Olympics and Paralympics. The competition continues to inspire the world, pushing the limits beyond what anyone thought possible each and every time. The athletes' pure determination and grit proves that anything is possible, whether you’re able-bodied or not. We’re proud to introduce our Kiwi Olympians and Paralympians below.
Born with a missing thigh bone and incredible determination, Brian never let anything slow him down. He represented New Zealand in both Para athletics and Para powerlifting at the Arnhem 1980 and Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games. But he didn’t stop there. Brian also set a world record for the fastest time by an amputee at the New York City Marathon in 1985, and beat it the following year. Extraordinary.
This Toyota Brand Guardian and Olympic weight lifter is often described as 'big-hearted'. He won gold at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. And received the David Dixon Award for sporting spirit. Whether he's giving to his community or giving it everything in the thick of competition, David doesn't hold back. After achieving a new personal best at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, we can’t wait to see what he lifts next.
Jesse’s always been competitive. But with just one leg, it took him a while to find the right sport. Until he got into the pool. And that was it. Debuting at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Jesse made the final in his swim event despite an accident in the preceding days. And that sums him up — determined and focused. Proof that Paralympians are high performance athletes.
Cantabrian Scott Martlew started a successful sporting career in Rugby, playing for the Crusaders. After injuring himself in one of the games, he ended up losing his left leg in order to save his life. But instead of giving up on sport, Scott decided to start Para Canoeing. And represented New Zealand in his first Paralympic Games at Rio 2016. With Scott’s grit and gutsy attitude, imagine what he could achieve next.
Toyota Brand Guardian Olivia McTaggart’s impossible pole vaulting journey to the Commonwealth Games has included a couple of big setbacks and injuries. But she pushed forward with enduring resilience and strength. Olivia is a competitor who takes setbacks in her stride, grows from them and comes out stronger. She’s been in top form, setting a personal best in 2022. And we hope she’ll represent at the next Olympics.
An inspiring story from one of our past Paralympians. After being diagnosed with Polio, he began powerlifting. Reuben Ngata was part of the very first New Zealand Paralympic Team, competing at Tel Aviv in 1968. At Toronto in 1976, he won bronze. Reuben also represented Aotearoa in other Paralympic sports, including athletics, powerlifting and table tennis. Helping pave the way for the Paralympians of today. Proof that anything is possible.
Toyota GAZOO Racing and Paratech
After a bicycle accident that left her with spinal injuries, Andrea Eskau went on to win four Paralympic gold medals. Engineer Roger Kirschner from Toyota GAZOO Racing was born with the left half of his body paralysed.
Together, along with a team of Toyota engineers, they worked to improve her handbike. Today, it’s 30 percent lighter and optimised for her to perform at her best. With technological advancements this big, it’s hard to imagine just how much further she could push the sport forward.